July 6th Featured Artist Reception
Annie Reid and Drew Forsell
Annie Reid resides in Trinidad as a third generation Pacific Northwest artist. She paints in traditional and digital oils on archival canvas. She often laces her pigment and gouache with mica for an iridescent quality for her paintings on fine papers. Reid’s work is obviously inspired by the natural world, where she spends much of her time. She captures the essence of place, and her works convey a deep connection with the spirit she experiences within nature.
Her work has been included in exhibits including 'California Species' at the Oakland Museum of Natural History; Yosemite Renaissance at Yosemite National Park. She has won numerous awards including Best of Show from Redwood Art Association and the Morris Graves Museum. She is the recipient of artist-in-residencies at 'The Lake’ from the Morris Graves Foundation. Her Trinidad Studio is available by appointment throughout the year.
Drew Forsell is a local jeweler whose work is inspired by the sea and life here on the North Coast, such as California’s giant kelp forests, bioluminescent jellyfish, waves and eddies, octopus arms, the sand and the sun.
This year, Forsell's travels outside the U. S. have given him new inspiration. In the beautiful little beach town of Zipolite in Southern Mexico, he met a wire and stone artist whose work fascinated him. At the end of the visit, this artist smiled broadly and gifted Drew with an unusual stone he called Punka or Garden Quartz, saying that this was a very special stone that had been waiting for his new American friend.
His interest piqued, Forsell learned that it's official name is lodolite. Its multitude of inclusions and mineral deposits give it the look of gardens, or to some, coral reefs and billowing clouds. In metaphysical circles, these stones are said to possess magical qualities and are referred to as the "Shaman’s Dream Stone." Forsell has been collecting them ever since he returned from Mexico and will have a display of lodolite pendants wrapped in sterling silver at the Gallery show.
In his trip to the islands of Greece, Forsell developed a new appreciation for working with gold. Some of his new pieces are gold-fill to compliment is usual silver pieces. While in Greece, Drew found another unusual stone, a delightful one called evil eye. Contemporary word is that they bring protection and good fortune. If the reader is in need of a little good luck, Forsell will have a selection of this Greek-inspired evil eye jewelry on display.
Amy Ellis Taylor and JD Jeffries
Wine will be poured to benefit EPIC, the Environmental Protection Information Center.
Music by JD Jeffries.
Amy Ellis Taylor has returned to the Trinidad Art Gallery after a year's hiatus, and she has come back with strong, beautiful works concentrating on the life of our Pacific Coast. She grew up along this coastline and has seen the ocean and the trees in every time of day throughout the seasons.
She tells us, "What I love most about describing things that are very familiar to me, through art, is that I feel free to move into the abstract. Sometimes this exploration occurs in the palette I have chosen, and sometimes it happens in design. Either way, falling away from the literal translation of our landscape allows this medium to better interpret a feeling of real beauty."
JD Jeffries Donahue is a long-time musician, singer, and songwriter who has played in bands alongside many top Northern California musicians since 1964. The “folksy” Jeffries plays countless classic mixed covers and originals with a flare and obvious love for his songs, with a smooth and personable delivery.
JD will be playing during the Friday evening Artist Reception.
2018 North Coast Open Studios
Participating Artists at TAG:
please check NCOS guidebook for more details
*Annie Reid (paintings and prints)
*Amanita Mollier (silkpainting)
*Laura Rose (ceramics)
Oceana Madrone (fabric and beads)
Patricia Sundgren Smith (drawings and prints)
Friday, June 2nd, 6 - 9 pm
Amy Ellis Taylor (stained glass): June Featured Artist
JD Jeffries (musician): June Featured Artist
Demos at Trinidad Art Gallery:
Saturday, June 2nd
10 am - 1:30 pm: Donvieve (leatherwork)
1:30 pm - 5 pm: Amanita Mollier (silkpainting)
Sunday, June 3rd
10 am - 5 pm: Annie Reid (pigment pastel;
gouache; digital & traditional painting)
Saturday, June 9th
10 am - 1:30 pm: Laura Rose (ceramics)
1:30 pm - 5 pm: Vicki Barry (alcohol ink)
Sunday, June 10th
1:30 pm - 5 pm: Laura Rose (ceramics)
Other gallery members
participating at their studios:
(check NCOS guidebook or website for addresses)
Amy Ellis Taylor (stained glass): open weekend 2
Colleen Clifford (stained glass): open weekend 2
John Wesa (serigraphy): open weekend 1
Lisa Landis (pastels): open weekend 1
Rick Gustafson (photography): open both weekends
Amy Ellis Taylor
Elaine Y. Shore
Patricia Sundgren Smith
Ranjith Jim Box
Susan Mayclin Stephenson